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Need research help but you aren’t in the library? No problem! Ask a Librarian!

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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Currently registered Wayne State students are eligible for the Student Advantage program – a free download of Microsoft Office!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Currently registered Wayne State students are eligible for the Student Advantage program – a free download of Microsoft Office!

Available for Macs, PCs, and select mobile devices
Download on up to 5 devices
Fully-featured copy of Microsoft Office – for use as long as student is registered
Keep up to date with the latest version with regular updates
Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more!

Visit to download your copy!

New Clinical Pharmacology Mobile App Is Available

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A new mobile application for Elsevier Clinical Pharmacology is now available for you who use iPhone/iPad and Android devices. The new Clinical Pharmacology Mobile app can be downloaded via the Apple or Android app stores. See download instructions.

Clinical Pharmacology Mobile contains some of the same trusted content you depend on today:

  • Drug monographs both adult and pediatric
  • Indications, including on and off label
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Drug Images
  • IV compatibility
  • Drug-drug interactions report

Contact Shiffman Medical Library at (313) 577-1094 or email for further assistance.

Shiffman Medical Library Staff

Find, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad with the BrowZine app

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

With the decline of print, databases have become the primary way publishers deliver journals. But databases are designed for searching, not reading. BrowZine works by uniting articles from the Wayne State-owned databases into complete journals, then arranging them by subject on a newsstand. The result is a revolutionary new way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals and articles.

Learn about BrowZine by first watching this video:

What is BrowZine?

BrowZine is a content delivery app designed to bring journal articles to your tablet. Currently it is available for iPad (downloadable through the App store) Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy devices running OS 4.0+. BrowZine can be downloaded for those devices from Google Play and Amazon. The app is simple to use and brings back the browsability of a journal, which differs greatly from the experience of accessing electronic content from multiple database interfaces.

How do I access journals?

After downloading the app, users have instant access to a free, no-login required open access library. Complete journals and back issues in a variety of disciplines are available. However, since Wayne State subscribes to BrowZine, you can also access all of the Wayne State Libraries’ paid journal subscriptions. Journals can be placed onto a personalized bookshelf for easy access and, in the near future, notification of new available articles.

Can I browse the available journals?

Yes! Faculty members who enjoyed flipping through paper journals can now digitally recreate that experience by quickly scanning issues via a digital table of contents. Frequently read journals can be placed onto a user’s BrowZine bookshelf, where alerts will tell the user when new content has been added. Users can also save articles to a separate BrowZine shelf for offline reading.

Is it easy to read on a tablet?

BrowZine’s high quality PDFs only take moments to load and users can use the familiar pinch to zoom gesture in order to read or examine the paper closely. BrowZine also allows users to send articles to other apps and social media accounts, includings annotation apps like GoodReader, DropBox for cloud storage and citation trackers like Zotero.

How do I get started?

Download the BrowZine app and log in using your access ID and password. From there, start browsing!

Anatomy TV Available

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

ANATOMY.TV is a suite of 3D interactive models of human anatomy. Intuitive controls allow you to zoom, rotate and peel away layers to educate and communicate easily. A wealth of supporting media, MRIs, X-rays, live-action movies and animations are also included to supplement‘s high resolution, computer-generated models.

Key Features:

  • STAT!Ref is the only healthcare database that can cross-search from Primal Pictures
  • 3D modeling of all structures
  • Ability to rotate the model 360 degrees and add or remove layers of anatomy
  • Link to relevant text, dissections, clinical slides, diagrams, video clips & MRI Scans
  • Quiz and MCQs
  • Patient information for the practicing clinician

View  What Is Anatomy TV via YouTube or read an overview on Anatomy.TV


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Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

October is National Medical Librarian Month.  The 2013 theme is “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives”.  Medical librarians’ knowledge of resources, search skills and response time ensures that medical professionals receive the highest quality of health information available.  To celebrate this event, please stop by the Shiffman Walk-In Information Clinic on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 11-1:00 pm.  Librarians will be available to answer your questions on EndNote, PubMed, Scopus, Mobile Resources and more.  Also, pick up a special treat while you are there!

Shiffman Medical Library


Introducing WSU ResearchConnect. . . the latest in research collaboration and networking tools.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

When research opportunities arise, researchers need an efficient way to identify the right collaborators. But personal connections can sometimes be too narrow, word of mouth too slow and collecting and maintaining a centralized system too expensive and time consuming.

The WSU Division of Research in collaboration with the University Library System now makes available a new tool that offers up a quick solution, WSU ResearchConnect . Through visualization of relevant concepts, ResearchConnect makes available a searchable database of the distinctive expertise of hundreds of researchers across the university.


  • Delivers a searchable database of research profiles from across most WSU disciplines making it easier to find experts and enable collaboration.
  • Explores profiles developed and pre-populated with publication histories from the Scopus® database that can be integrated with additional content such as grants, patents, book s, and creative works reflecting the expertise of WSU faculty.
  • Makes researcher’s output and expertise more discoverable within the institution , throughout the SciVal Experts Community, and nationally to the DIRECT2experts and VIVO networks
  • Provides answers to questions like
    • What new publications have been produced at WSU and by whom?
    • Who is working together?
    • With which internal and external organizations are we collaborating?

For more information about WSU Research Connect contact:

Sarah James at Sandra Martin at

New UpToDate Subscription Brings Changes for WSU Users

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


Effective immediately, WSU UpToDate users must register and create a personal username and password to access UpToDate. There is no cost to register. Your new personal registration provides:

  • A free UpToDate Mobile App for up to two mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows phone and tablet.
  • Continued fast easy access to UpToDate from any computer that you’ve come to expect at home, the office, or wherever you are.


Complete the one-time registration by launching UpToDate from the Shiffman Library webpage to take advantage of all of the benefits this new subscription has to offer.
For more information or if you have questions contact Shiffman Library / 313-577-1094.

See instruction on how to register an UptoDate account

Cell Phone Recycling Program

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Office of Campus Sustainability announces a new program that makes it easy to recycle old cell phones. Shiffman Medical Library is participating in this program to dismantle and repurpose the old electronics by serving as a drop-off location on the medical campus.

Help keep electronics out of our landfills. Look for the drop-box located at the Shiffman Medical Library Service Desk.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Outreach Program

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Shiffman Medical Library is partnering with the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association, the Hip Hop Knit Shop and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan to bring sick kids books, toys and stories.  Now through December 12, we will be collecting books and toys, telling stories, navigating art carts and knitting blankets for the kids at Children’s Hospital.
There is a collection box in the Shiffman Medical Library, and the donations will be picked up each Friday.
Please click here for more details:
Join us as we help to make kids feel better this holiday season!